Do I Need Mycorrhizae

Do I Need Mycorrhizae?

Rick’s Monster Grow is a mix of mycorrhizal inoculants used as amendments, hydroponics, and bare root preparations to inoculate plants and trees with live beneficial fungi when transplanting, and for treating established trees in decline. Beneficial bacteria and sea kelp are added to promote rapid root development. To reduce transplant stress a 1/2 cup of solution applied to the root system will innoculate that plant for the duration of its life. This one-time inoculation will take you through three revegetation cycles of a mothers plant.

Rick’s Monster Grow is an ultra fine material containing mycorrhizal fungi that colonize roots and extend into the surrounding soil forming a essential link between plant and soil resources. About 80% of the worlds plant species form mycorrhiza with these beneficial endomycorrhizal fungi. Working together, beneficial mycorrhizal and tricoderma fungi expand into the surrounding soil or soiless and greatly increase the root’s ability to absorb water, nutrients, improve yields and plant health. With Rick’s you will acheive germination within 28 to 32 hours, sending 200,000 spores quickly working in your plant’s favor. No other product can do this.

General Discussion

Mycorrhizal inoculants are formulated as transplant soil amendments, injectables, and bare root preparations to inoculate landscape trees and shrubs, flower beds, established trees and shrubs and bare root seedlings with live beneficial mycorrhizal fungi. The inoculant contains highly selected strains of low host specificity endo- and ectomycorrhizae fungi that will quickly colonize the roots of new transplants to provide the best possible conditions for the roots to become mycorrhizal during the establishment period and beyond. The mycorrhizal inoculants are combined with beneficial bacteria and soluble sea kelp to promote rapid root development. For convenience, consistency, and to reduce waste, transplant products are available in pre-measured, labeled bottles.

What Does Mycorrhizae Do?

The full story of what effect mycorrhizal roots have on plants is still evolving. To date we know that some plants cannot live without mycorrhizal roots. We also know there are a few obscure plants that do not need mycorrhizae. But the fact is that nearly all plant life is dependent on the association of mycorrhizae and plant roots. Mycorrhizae grow through the soil by extending its hyphea, which are the “roots” of the fungus, into the soil or soil-less application. These “roots” are extremely fiberious and engulf every tiny crack and cranny in the soil to absorb water, and nutrients in solution, and give this solution to the roots of the plant. We have seen up to 80% increase in plant roots and micro roots, bringing you more oxygen and nutrients to your plants life cycle!!!

The only food source for mycorrhizae comes from the plant. Thus, if anything begins to slow the food source, the mycorrhizae becomes more active and aggressive to feed its host – the roots of the plant. Mycorrhizae is a natural phenomenon.

To give you an idea of how mysterious this fungus is, in 1996 the USDA Agricultural Research Service reported their findings on a study where young trees were planted next to mature trees. The scientist studied where the foods feeding the young trees was coming from. What they discovered was unexpected, yet very natural. A great deal of the food supplied to the young trees actually came from the mature trees through the transfer of foods at the hyphea level between the hyphea of the mature trees and that of the mycorrhizae associated with the young trees. Although no one has yet given good scientific fact for this to have occurred, isn’t the parent feeding the child a natural, predictable phenomenon?

Why Inoculate?

The reason we need to inoculate is because standard nursery and landscape practices have largely ignored this whole part of a complete plant system. Horticultural classes in our universities and technical schools give little attention to the topic of mycorrhizae – but this is changing rapidly. Commercially speaking our focus has been on quantity, not quality. Because of the pressure the typical nurserymen has to turn inventory, little, if any attention, has been given to the natural health of the plant. As a result of this viewpoint the nursery industry has been producing, and selling, plants that are not naturally complete. Because nearly all plants are not complete without the mycorrhizal association they are relatively fragile and can quickly die if not maintained intensively. We have this perfect system available to us but we have ignored it and instead employed billions of dollars in chemicals to control growth and predators.

Landscape conditions are not ideal. Most will agree that we could use some help for better results with newly planted landscapes. Often newly planted landscape go into sever shock. Generally the reason is poor water management, but heat, time of the year, soil conditions, along with untold other factors also play important roles here. One of the biggest problems that no one seems to talk about is the fact that most nursery grown plants have little, if any, natural systems working with the plant. Caution: beware of store bought soils!!! Always Add Rick’s Monster Grow to these soils. Mycorrhizal roots take hold faster – there is little doubt on this fact. Plus, what attention is given to the microbial activity in the soil. Without good bugs in the ground we lose the opportunity of using the natural minerals that make up the ground.

If the landscaper was planting a complete plant system in less than ideal conditions there would still be stress, etc., but the degree of damage to the plant would not be as great with these natural systems working for the plant. If all conditions were ideal there wouldn’t be a gamble when transplanting and one wouldn’t need to worry about inoculating. But generally conditions are not ideal and you could use some help in “stacking the deck” on your side. Inoculation can significantly aid transplanted trees, shrubs and flower bed results, especially under adverse conditions. Feeding the ground with biostimulants to energize the soil, and even adding beneficial bacteria, can make a world of difference for the transplant.

Rick’s Monster Grow will change the way you grow forever, with all the additional additives, it is an investment that can return its cost several times over in a number of ways. Just think how you would feel about your projects if you had all the goodies Mother Nature has to offer working for you. Turn your 1 inch stalk into a 3 inch stalk… Turn your 3 inch stalk into a 5 inch stalk…

The goal is to create physical contact between the roots and inoculant. Inoculant can be banded under seeds, worked into seed beds, placed under cuttings, blended into potting soil, or sprinkled over roots at transplant time. Wait until you see what it does when you introduce it to your hydroponic system… If you grow with it once. You will never grow without it again.

Complete directions for use will be included in your order.


Numerous scientific tests demonstrate that inoculating can:

  • increase roots & micro-root mass
  • increase yield up to 80%
  • increases fertilizer up-take
  • reduce stunting
  • promote crop uniformity
  • reduce culls
  • decrease shock


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